Women's British Open: Welsh golfer Lydia Hall backs links experience for Kingsbarns

Barsaba Taglieri
Agosto 3, 2017

Numerous are the blind tee-shots, hidden bunkers and with unpredictable conditions that can range from warm and calm to penalising winds and horizontal rain, you've got to be able to have nearly every shot imaginable hidden somewhere in your locker.

"I've played well in all the majors this year".

But will strategy come in to play?

That might suit Lexi Thompson, the player right behind Ryu in the world rankings.

The World No.1 has a great record at the Ricoh British Women's Open, finishing in the top five in three of her five appearances and never having finished worse than T17.

She missed last year's Open due to injury, but bounced back to win Olympic gold in Rio.

"I always enjoy the links style golf course, and I always enjoy the really big greens because you still can see so many different shots". And I kind of like the greens. In Korea, we play quite a lot of golf in the wintertime, and we've played in the snow and we've played in cold weather, windy conditions. "I'll try and qualify for this tournament until I can't do a good job and represent myself well".

"My ball striking is not where I want it to be, but I always love the challenge of a links course".

Only one thing is bothering Thompson, who has 10 finishes in the top 10 at the majors over the last four years, including her victory in the ANA Inspiration three years ago.

The powerful youngster didn't use the golfer's biggest weapon past year and she said: "This time it will also stay in the locker". But she was still not in for the British Open till two weeks ago. "I played in the Scottish Open at Dundonald last week and took a trip back to Turnberry".

"Every British Open has given me experience, and I've learned different shots and learned how not to play certain hols and just stay away from bunkers". The greens are huge and you have to be on the right tier.

"I get to hit a good amount of drivers which is nice".

She admits her life has changed dramatically since becoming the first Thai golfer to win a major.

Jutanugarn spent a brief spell as the world No.1 when she won the Manulife LPGA Classic in Cambridge, Ontario last month.

It is the first time the event had been played at Kingsbarns, near St Andrews. "I'll just keep working, and I'm still growing and I'm still learning every day".

"Stepping foot out here the first time on Monday, I was like, "I have no idea". He has given me drills that are fun to do and give me targets to aim for. "It's going to be so special if I win in Scotland".

The American-designed course, located only a few miles from the Home of Golf along the shores of the North Sea, hosts the best women in the world at the Women's British Open, where So Yeon Ryu is among the favorites in a bid to give her swing coach a sweep of British majors. "People tell me I need to get down, but I'm not going to. I just like the whole feeling; we're near St Andrews as well so you just feel like you're at the home of golf". But I don't really feel any different.

"If you hit a good shot you're going to get rewarded".

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